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fbi documents suggesting it may have been rigged. your "new day" starts right now. good morning. welcome to "new day." it's wednesday, february 26th, 6:00 in the east. the ball my weekend, just a big tease. the eastern two-thirds of the country now in the grips of a dangerous arctic blast. for good measure, there's snow in the forecast all the way to new england. indra petersons, our meteorologist whether tell us -- will tell us what's happening, where, and why. let's begin with ted row lands in frigid chicago. how you holding up? >> reporter: frigid is an understatement, chris. good morning. it's about 15 degrees below zero
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right now in chicago. much worse in other areas of the midwest. it is just getting to be too much to bear. the latest arctic blast is a harsh reminder that the winter that just won't quit isn't over. >> too long, too cold. >> reporter: cities across the country nearing record levels for snow and low temperatures. minnesota is an track to break its record of 52 days below zero. chicago has been below zero for 23 days this winter and the fifth highest snow of all time. dallas and atlanta experiencing top ten coldest records on record. there's so much ice on the great lakes, there's concern the shipping season may be delayed. in illinois, the river has
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massive ice chunks stacking up dangerously high. >> we don't want it all to break at once. that won't be good. >> reporter: local governments are spending millions on snow removal and unpatching pot holes. millions of us are expected to be hit with massive heating bills heating oil, natural gas and propane are all in demand. customers in new york should expect a 16% increase on their february heating bill from the same time last year. michigan will see a 13% increase. in illinois, it could be as high as 30%. >> all right. that's in chicago. back to him later in the show. let's get over to indra petersons who's tracking all the weather for us. >> it's one thing to have cold. and it's another thing to have dangerous cold. this morning, temperatures are
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even cooler than they were yesterday morning. afternoon highs 20 to 30 below normal. when you look at the windchill, you're talking about ten below out towards indianapolis. notice duluth, 35 basically below zero. unfortunately, once you factor in the windchill, really doesn't feel much better out there. chicago, their high today, 7 below zero. that is dangerous. boston looking for 11. this cold air is expected to stay. why? because we have a couple systems making their way through. light flurries unless you're off the lakes. everyone else, most likely seeing under an inch. there are two cold fronts making their way through. so this is a reinforcing batch of cold air to keep it cold through the end of the week. not a good thing when you're
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talking about temperatures this cold. >> those numbers are going to mean a lot of dead car batteries this morning. no afghan security deal, no troops. that's the message from president obama to afghan president hamid karzai. karzai has refused to sign a deal to keep troops in place after 2014. now the u.s. says there could be a full force withdrawal by year's end. but this morning, a senior pakistani official warns of a, quote, holocaust if that happens. barbara, an ugly word, but that is the one that was used. what's the concern? >> that official expressing the same concern a lot of people have. he says afghanistan may fall into s into a civil war. the question, of course, is how soon would afghanistan again
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become a safe haven for al qaeda and the taliban and would could the u.s. even do about it if all u.s. troops are gone. karzai not signing that security agreement that would be required for any u.s. troops to stay beyond the end of the year. after president obama spoke to karzai yesterday, the white house putting out that official statement that president obama now for the first time telling the pentagon, plan for a full withdrawal. no agreement, no troop sfwls that is quite a message. turn to arizona now. will arizona governor jan brewer veto the right to refuse service bill. some arizona republicans say they're confident the governor will turn down the measure. this comes as companies like apple and american airlines have threatened pulling business from the state if that measure goes
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forward. we're following all the developments live in phoenix this morning. what is the very latest? >> reporter: kate, all eyes on the governor's office today as the nation really is waiting to see what the governor will do with this bill that opponents say allows businesses to discriminate. she has said she will only make a decision after hearing from all sides, and she does have meetings set today with state lawmakers, as well as business groups, many of whom are urging her to veto this bill. the voices are fwroeing louder -- growing louder against a bill that would allow businesses in arizona to refuse service to gays based on religious belief. >> i don't rely on whole lot on my gut because i have to look at what it says and what the law says and take that information and do the right thing.
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>> reporter: brewer is staying out of the spotlight since her interview with cnn on monday. but other high profile politicians are weighing in. mitt romney tweeting veto on sb 1062 is right. many companies vocally opposing the bill, and next year's super bowl all so on the line. do you think that the governor's getting the message? >> she hasn't said a whole lot. >> reporter: one representative defended his vote by offering an example of what the bill is designed to prevent. >> you have a gay person that owns a printing shop. somebody from the baptist church comes in there and demands that they print and sign that, obviously the printer is not going to agree with. should that religious group demand that print shop print
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that thing. >> rush limb baa igniting the rhetoric. >> she's being bullied by the home sexual lobby in -- home hoe sexual lobby in arizona and elsewhere. >> we want the super bowl. we want apple and we're really asking our governor please do the right thing and veto this bill. >> reporter: and while no one knows just yet what the governor will do, we do know she vetoed similar legislation last year. we also know she really shows herself as being a pro business governor. there's no end to the impact on attracting new business z and new talent to the state. lawmakers that are close to the governor tell us that she's likely to take some time before making her decision. >> thank you for that. big issues here. sure, business, but you know,
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religious exercise and freedom. a lot of things for the governor to balance. how about good news here? new data. significant progress in the last decade in the fight against childhood obesity. a study focused on younger kids. it's a promising sign as communities look to prevent trends that can lead to cancer and heart disease and a host of other problems. more on the numbers and changes that could be in store. >> good morning. this is absolutely a promising sign this morning though experts say the general population still has a long way to go. this morning, a big step forward in the battle against childhood obesity. a new study using federal data says obesity in children between the ages of 2 and 5 has dramatically decreased, over 40%
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in a decade. >> there's increased attention to improving childhood nutrition. child cares are doing more physical activity. >> this report comes out just as the first lady's let's move program marks its fourth anniversary. >> some folks even warn me that taking on childhood obesity might be controversial. they thought kids and parents should deal with these issues privately. others laughed it off as not a real issue at all. well, four years later, that all seems like history. >> now there's a new push. the administration is proposing rules to stop marketing products in schools that the government says are not good for kids. companies would no longer be allowed to use logos of high calorie products on cups, vending machines, or posters.
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>> it will be eliminating advertisements for unhealthy food and beverages in our schools. our classrooms should be healthy places where kids are not bombarded with ads for junk food. >> which could mean a change to the scoreboards that pop up almost everywhere. that's sure to fuel complaints to those who say government needs to back off. >> it's no longer father knows best. or mother knows best. it's what government knows best and that's really the problem here. >> the administration says it distinguishes between adults and children and that the let's move program defers to local controls and local officials, but the government has an obligation to try to assure that the foods and drinks served in schools are healthy. >> the fact is our kids are a little bit healthier. those numbers don't lie. thank you for that. let's take a look at more of your headlines at this hour.
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the white house is considering four options for revamping the nsa's phone surveillance. phone companies or other government agencies, the fourth option, abolish the program all together. enrollments for obamacare have now hit the 4 million mark. ed end of march is the deadline to sign up for coverage this year. only about 27% of enrollees are younger people. they hoped many more would take part. parliament in ukraine has voted to ask the international criminal court to try ousted president viktor yanukovych. he is still on the run after being forced out in the rebellion. the icc says for now it has no authority over the ukraine.
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the riot police is being disbanded. aaron hernandez now in jail on murder charges. police tell us that hernandez was involved in a fight with a fellow inmate. they are not giving any details of what happened. hernandez is supposed to be isolated from other inmates because of his high profile status. this story is crazy. a mother day -- a modern day mother load in california and possibly the biggest buried treasure find ever in the u.s. couple out for a walk. they stumble upon more than 1,400 gold coins dating back from the gold rush area. they were buried in eight rusty cans in their backyard. really, this is making me nuts. although the face value adds up to $27,000, the coins are worth an estimated $10 million.
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>> i don't get the partially buried part. what does that mean? >> they were walking along -- >> look at that rock. oh! >> now i get it. >> i saw you in like a pilgrim outfit. >> was somebody holding a pitch fork? >> i really hope they found all the coins before they let this be known. then they're going to be like, there's somebody in our backyard. >> they're staying anonymous which is very smart. >> i've always wanted to be that person on the beach. >> coming up next. >> a mystery illness paralyzing children still has doctors puzzled. it's being deemed likely untreatable. but this morning we're getting new details and hearing from one
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one boy has found hope and may actually be getting better. here's the details. >> he makes it look easy, but for this 10-year-old, this takes concentration. >> saturday he lost everything. and that's when he got -- we took him to the hospital. so it happened in 24 hours, quick. >> that was september 2012 when the boy lost all ability to move his left arm. it started in his shoulder and spread all the way to his fingerti fingertips. >> they took an mri. that's when they found out that it's inflammation of the spinal cord. >> he is one of five children in california confirmed with this mystery illness likened to polio. the children developed paralysis in one or more of their limbs in all of the cases.
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>> fine motor skills. i go into the water every day. i work on the floor trying to lift up and down. >> do you break into a sweat when you're doing it? >> it's not like a real exercise, running jogging. you just have to use your brain a lot. >> because you're trying to focus and make the muscles work, right? >> yeah. >> he's dominant hand used to be left arm. he started slowly trying to write. it was originally in the wrist area in the regain of strength. four, five months back, that's when we started progress around the shoulder area. >> and that progress continues. he can once again move his arm. he can cut with cscissors. >> continue with physical therapy and don't give up because kids are resilient. >> this is the crucial time
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period right after the onset of the illness. so this is when you can do whatever you can. >> cnn, san jose, california. >> if there's him, then there's hope. they have to keep looking for what it is, use the science and medicine, hopefully we'll get good news. >> who cares if it's rare if you're one of the families dealing with this. perfection, usually unattainab unattainab unattainable. except for kate. but the shockers have now just one victory away from an undefeated regular season. andy soles joins us more with this morning's "bleacher report." do you think they do it? >> i think they will. they've been on a roll since making it to the final four last season. the second ranked shockers when
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they beat bradley, they ma'am just the first team to ever each a 30-0 mark in a regular season. they can complete it this saturday against missouri state. they've gone from a cinderella story to one of the favorites to win the ncaa tournament. one of the top stories right now, jason collins, his new brooklyn nets jersey is flying off the shelves. nba said his jersey was a top seller on the first day it was available. he was the first gay athlete to play in the nba. opening day for major league baseball is just about a month away. and ozzy smith is leading the charts to have the day made into
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a national holiday. he's teaming with budweiser to try to get 100,000 signatures on white house.gov to get the movement going. i would love to have it off to sit back and watch baseball and throw back a few cold ones. >> everyone loves opening day. nice weather. baseball finally on your television. it should be a day off. >> if he can still do the signature back flip, it should be a national holiday. >> he can do back flips? >> he played shortstop. and he used to be able to do back flips on demand. that would be something -- it was a routine. people loved to see it. >> probably could still make it happen. >> you're not 50 years old, you need to work on your back flip. >> that ain't happening. coming up on "new day," a
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almost 6:30 in the east. welcome back to "new day." let's take a look at your headlines. temperatures are plunging across the country. it will be 20 to 30 degrees
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below normal all week. the massive arctic blast will make it feel 30 below in the midwest. snowfalling today along the i-95 corridor. a welcome surprise for researchers. a 43% drop in obesity rates for 2 to 5 year olds. this is significant because evidence shows a child's lifetime obesity risk is established by the time they're 5 years old. no significant changes for other age groups. president obama offers the strongest sign yet that the u.s. is preparing for a full withdrawal from afghanistan speaking with afghan president, he said if karzai chooses not to sign a security agreement, the troops will come home at the end of 2014. well, the president hits the road today speaking in sabt paul
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minnesota as he continues to focus on the economy. the president is expected to announce a new competition to encourage investment, create jobs and repair america's crumbling infrastructure. this is a story for you america. it's often said that bacon makes everything better. a minor league baseball team degrees with that. look at their uniforms. all bacon-themed. they have bacon strip linings on the side of their pants along with other bacon striped items. if you're in the stands, you can buy a scratch-sniff t-shirt that, yes, you guessed it, smells like bacon. so this morning, all eyes on arizona governor jan brewer. she's still considering this controversial bill that would
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allow businesses to refuse service to the lgbt and potentially others. others defend the bill as legally a protection of religious freedom. good morning counselor. >> good morning. thanks for having me. >> thank you for being on "new day." this is the big question, will the governor veto the bill or not, and if she does, does she do it for matters of law or simply politics? >> well, i think she does. and i think she does it for both of those reasons. i should first tell you that i thought she would have vetoed it by now. maybe i'm being distracted by looking at this through a national prism. so state the obvious, the arizona state senate felt comfortable in passing this. but the business stakes are just
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too high, i think, for her to do otherwise. i'm sure she's concerned about her own legacy. i would be shocked if it went all the way to late friday or saturday before she took that action. >> the law would probably pass constitutional muster federally if it gets challenged, because lgbt not a protected class under federal law or under state law, three major cities in arizona have created their own civil rights ordinances that protect the class, so legally, they may have a case. so i guess this speaks more to the trend of culture in the country. is that what you think it's about? this is a law that's seen as not nice by people? >> i think legally, it's a close call the way you've described it. you have on one hand those who say through the first amendment, they have a right to pursue their faith. on the other hand, these
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businesses that we're talking about are places of public accommodation. we're not talking about the catholic church suddenly being forced to perform a same-sex marriage. this is the baker, this is the photographer, this is the florist who because of a wedding coming up of a same-sex couple, asserts a religious objection. it becomes a very slippery slope. what if i'm the owner of a lunch counter and now i say pointing somewhere in the bible i'm uncomfortable serving a couple that's buy racial? i think it's opens a pandora's box that arizona can ill afford. >> and you're going to see this play into the republican politics as well. you see them coming out saying, i don't like this law. gay marriage is one of the touch stone issues where the party needs to get its story straight,
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right? >> i think it bodies poorly for the -- bodes poorly for the gop brand nationally. they recognize that there's a lot of harm here that can be done for the party both in 2014 and 2016. it's just not the side of the issue that's trending in the way the american people are looking at it. >> and yet, rejidly religious tend to be republican. it's about self-definition. so to be continued. so, speaker boehner meets with the president. this is what the republicans have been asking for, the democrat to reach out, the president to reach out. within hours, boehner goes out and pashs him on the -- bashes him on the same old levels. is this proof positive that the republicans do not want to play with the democrats? >> well, yes. but you know, someone else could look at it and say the fact that they haven't met for 14 months
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bodes poorly for both of them. i wish they'd be having a cocktail together on a regular basis. you know, they did meet with regularity in 2010 and 2011. and i guess you could say they don't have a lot to show for that. i think the american people are so sick and tired of this rote polarization and they would rather see the president and the speaker of the house meeting on a regular basis. >> the numbers are now at 4 million. at some point, will the numbers become compelling enough where they start having a more civil debate about what the alternative is. >> i took note of the numbers. i think the obama administration is right to be gratified by the peek they are reaching. i keep asking the question, who are those 4 plus million people. in order for that fiscal model to have stability, its needs to
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be a good cross section. are those folks with a lot of preexisting conditions who are going to be a drain on the system? and i don't know the answer to that question yet. >> we all knew it would take time. social security takes time. hopefully there will be better ideas that come out of the situation. we'll have you again on "new day." >> have a good day, thank you. it's a "new day" exclusive. the friend who found philip seymour hoffman dead is talking to us about the actor and also his own big settlement with the national inquirer. plus a very scary story from india. a leopard is tear rising a town there. why hasn't anyone been able to stop it? [ car alarm chirps ] ♪
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educated together. turkey a key nato ally once again finds itself in political turmoil. >> and to india now where officials are on the hunt for a leopard that has evaded capture even after being cornered inside a hospital. >> reporter: up and dopandemoni busy city just 40 miles north of new delhi. a leopard wandered through the hospital and remained there for ten hours. they fired tranquilizing darts, but still it managed to jump out of a concrete scene. schools and markets shut, many in the area tire fied of this lurking leopard. we want to look at this huge recall growing bigger this
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morning. general motors announcing it is expanding its recall for faulty ignition switches to include 1.4 million vehicles. it is now linked to some 31 crashes. the number of deaths has now been revised up to 13. we want to bring in mike austin. let's talk about this. it doubled. the numbers have increased, there's more models involved. tell us about the significance and the size of this recall. is it unprecedented? >> it's not, but the size is huge. based on between 2013, to be the second largest recall. fatalities are very rare in terms of automotive recall. >> is there anything that owners can do specifically? they're talking about this ignition switch. what is gm advising owners to do? >> what's happening is the car
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is switching off. the switch is faulty. >> and it disables the airbags? >> right. gm is saying take everything off the key ring, including the key fob, the remote. if you have any issue, go to a dealer because you shouldn't be driving it if you actually have the incident. >> are they changing the ignition switch? >> yeah. the original recall had to do with a part that was out of spec. they didn't realize there was a problem with it. but they won't have the parts until april. if your car is part of the recall, i guess you have to watch it carefully. >> ensuring our customers' safety is our first order of business. we're deeply sorry. that's the gm of north america president. these problems date back to 2004, 2005. why only now the recall?
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what took them so long? >> it's hard to figure out when something actually is a problem based on a faulty part or something goes wrong. they had a bulletin where they knew that this was something going wrong, but it didn't expand to a safety issue until recently. >> i suppose not with this incident, but the more difficult it is to pinpoint where these troubles start. >> it's hard to -- cars are hugely complex. it's hard to figure out all the things to go wrong. nowadays it's a lot easier to track everything down because they have all the data to figure it out. >> thanks for walking us through that. the weather has turned bad again. a lot of people going to deal with dead car batteries and worse. so let's get to indra petersons. >> chicago now is on track to be the third coldest winter since we've been keeping records.
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right now with the windchill, 15 below. that's what it feels like out towards chicago and the afternoon highs are not any better. in the upper midwest, 20, almost near 25 degrees. just 11 degrees even once you look at new york city just 29 as a high today. tomorrow expected to be even worse. start to see temperatures 30 below average in the upper midwest. now, we are adding a little bit of snow to this as well. not a lot, unless of course you're by the lakes. everyone else looking for a dusting or maybe under an inch. another huge story, keep stressing this, is what is going on out west. they're expecting rain, we're talking about 11, 12 inches. we're talking about the driest they've ever been since we've been keeping records. today, finally talking about seeing rain. by friday, a huge storm expected
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to make its way into the area. that also means the threat for flooding although it is good news. this is something they really need. >> they need it, yeah. thank you so much. coming up on "new day," boy, it was one of the greatest moments in sports and history in general. a fight for the ages, just resonated for years. now a horrible thought coming out of new fbi documents we're going to bring to you. we'll lay out the documents and you decide. plus quite a battle on late night tv. it's our must-see moment. wait for it. ♪
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welcome back. it's that "money time" part of the morning. christine romans is in our money center. >> i'm looking at stocks making a run at record highs. the stocks measure how much money companies are making and corporate earnings growth is the best since 2011. how are companies making that money? by cutting jobs. you can get a loan and deposit checks with a click of a button, so j. p. morgan doesn't need as many people. credit swooes using cloak and dagger tactics. secret elevators, you can hit it right off the plane so your ski trip isn't disrupted so you can
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hide money from the u.s. government. a hearing is being held on that today. guys? >> i'd say so. i'd say that's a good reason for a hearing. this is a tough story to even talk about, by we have to. it's incredible new potential developments. it is nearing the 50-year anniversary of the 1964 heavy weight title match. young up star cassius clay defeating sonny liston. now unearthed documents that show the fbi looked into claims that the fight might have been rigged by the mob. >> that is the big question. there have been rumors swirling for decades now and these documents may shed new light on the rumors. on the 50th anniversary, there
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are new details emerging that may fuel more speculation. the fbi reportedly tips before the fight that it might have been fixed. the fbi launched a brief investigation into the matter to confirm or deny the rumors. even 50 years after that bell rang, sonny liston still has people mess her rized. ali's round three pummelling of liston. the most surprising upset of the century, forever writing ali into the history books. but now four decade old fbi documents are surfacing suggesting ali's win may not have been as big of a surprise
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as we thought. they looked into whether the historic fight might have been rigged by a mobster according to the pages, stated liston and the suspected mob boss both reportedly made over 1 million on the fight. >> it presents a shred of doubt on whether it was a send rel la story. >> there is no evidence that the then 22-year-old ali knew about the scheme. they ended the probe citing a lack of information. and important to mention here, the fbi looked into the conduct of many, many americans and the guidelines were doing so were much less stringent than they are now. there's also no evidence that
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ali was in the reported scheme or even knew about it. >> fascinating though. >> it sure is. >> it's hard for you to talk about isn't it? >> yeah. i don't want to believe it. >> i would hope that ali didn't know about it if it did happen. >> i'd need a lot more proof, but i appreciate you bringing it to us. >> jimmy fallon last night in the middle of his second week as the new host. an epic lip sync battle. it was paul rud who hits it out of the park. a little classic tina turner. and then this awesome take on queen's "don't stop me now." you have to listen or watch it.
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welcome back to "new day." it's wednesday, february 26th. now 7:00 in the east. let's start off with our news blast. everything you need to know right now. you ready? of course you are. the winter that just won't quit isn't over. >> too long, too cold. i'm tired of all these layers of clothes. doesn't that business owner have the right to say get out? these former leaders of the ukraine are going to have to face consequences. our classrooms should be healthy places where kids are not bombarded with ads for junk food. polio-like illness has affected as many as 20 kids in california. we start off with president obama telling afghanistan time has run out. karzai has been dragging his
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feet. the president is now asking the pentagon to have plans in place for an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year. the white house is reportedly considering four options for restructuring the controversial phone surveillance program. one of the choices is scrapping the program all together. also, transferring the data collection operation to the phone companies or the fbi. the interim government has disbanded the riot police used in deadly confrontations with protestors. if they can ever locate yanukovych. for now, they have no jurisdiction over the ukraine. good news, new this morning, childhood obesity down 43 b% in the last decade. it focuses on 2 and 5 years of age. officials can't tell you exactly
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what led to the improvement, but efforts have increased nationwide to get kids eating better. >> more fallout from one of the largest coal ash spills in history. they're asking residents to avoid contact with fish and water from the river. on tuesday, environmentalists stage add protest at company head quarters and federal officials law firmed a criminal investigation. doctors in california are innone dated with calls about the polio-like illness. they are investigating what's behind this worry some trend. an mri shows damage to the central part of the spinal cord. doctors are puzzled and are now looking for evidence to link the cases. welcome to the winter that just won't quit. take a look at the temperatures.
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20 to 30 degrees below normal. windchills plunging to 30 below zero in parts of the midwest and northern plains. millions of americans are going to see more snow. let's start with the feel on the ground and nobody's feeling it more right now than ted in frigid chicago. ted? >> reporter: we're calling it chiberia. we've had 23 days this winter alone below zero. today is the same for most of the chicago area. it's about 15, 20 below zero when you add in the windchill and 68 inches of snow. that is the fifth most all time for any winter in the city of chicago. it's not just chicago, it's across the northwest, the northeast. atlanta, dallas having one of their top ten worst winters of the year. you talk to people here on the
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streets as they're just waking up, everybody says they have had enough. it has been a horrific winter. we're expecting these type of temperatures for the rest of the wreak. >> chicago and the midwest has really been hard hit. go get warm my friend. how long is this round going to last? indra petersons is tracking all of it for us. >> chicago on track now to be the third coldest winter since we've been keeping records. wind chiel advisories still again today. look at these temperatures. 12 below in indianapolis. chicago right now feels like 15 below. duluth feeling like 31 below zero. unbelievable. that chill is here to last. temperatures even through the afternoon are expected to be a good 20 degrees below average. down to the southeast, also
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about 10 degrees below average. we know this cold is here. it's going to last. tomorrow expected to be even colder than today. we're going to see places go 30 below average in the afternoon highs. keep in mind we're adding snow to that as well. two systems making their way through. what it means to you, a second blast of cold air. so it is not going anywhere. let's go to arizona now where the right to refuse service bill is on governor jan brewer's desk. the question is, will she sign it. she tweeted this morning that she will do the right thing for the state, unquote. critics argue it is a law that allows discrimination against gays, lesbians and others. we know highway bad california -- how bad california needs water. that first picture is from july
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2011. the lake is 97% full. look on the right, just 17% capacity. they have declared a drought emergency and a relief package. ten communities have fewer than 60 days supply of water. democrats have pushed back a vote on the minimum wage. harry reed blames republican obstruction. there are indications the democrats didn't have the vote at this time anyway. a grilling expected today on capitol hill. the commissioner of the irs testifying about how the agency handles its money. top of the agenda, the decision to award bonuses at the irs in an era of belt tightening. speculation about 2016, clinton heading to the key swing state of florida today for a
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pair of speeches. first stop, orlando. then she'll head to the university of miami. clinton has been traveling the country giving speeches. she is expected to decide later this year. new this morning, another milestone for obamacare. the president says 4 million people have signed up. it's a big number, but of course, the doubters are still saying the law is not doing what it needs to do. we're live at the white house with more. how are the numbers being taken? >> reporter: some would say this is good news for the white house. these numbers show that the pace of enrollments has been steadily improving since the problems were fixed with the website healthcare.gov. still the administration would have to see record signups for the remaining several weeks just to reach the new lower goal of 6
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million enrollees by march 3 1st. that's 1 million people than in the beginning. just last week, vice president biden said it would still be a hell of a start. we should expect to hear probably language just like this from administration officials over the coming days trying to lower expectations. >> all right. we'll keep watching. let's take a look at what's in the papers this morning. first up the washington post. the pakistani government is close to launching a major military operation in a tribal region. this comes after weeks of taliban attacks and failed peace talks with militants. the plans have been shared with top american officials who have urged an operation for some time now. scientists say traces of the plume of radio active sea water from the fukushima disaster
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could reach the coast by april. they say it will not pose a threat to humans or marine life. and more than 30,000 pages of confidential records from bill clinton's presidency still under wraps this morning. they're not being made public even though the law says they're subject to disclosure 12 years after a president leaves office. the clintons of course left the white house 13 years ago. not sure who's holding back the release. call it insult to injury. the department of transportation fining asiana airlines for failing to assist families after the crash. the dot says the airlines did not promptly contact passenger's families or keep them informed. hour central california police officers arrested.
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just listen to this. investigators say cars were impounded and towed. when the owners could not pay the fees to get them back, they were sold or given away for free to other officers. more than 200 vehicles were impounded over three years, most belonging to people that didn't speak english. an apology and a big ettlement from the national inquirer to play wright david bar katz. he is the man, a close friend of philip seymour hoffman. he's also the man who discovered philip seymour hoffman after his trick j over dose. the inqueerer reported that the two were lovers. they had to put out a full-page apology in the new york times. they say they were duped by a man claiming to be katz.
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he will join us live on "new day" to fill in so many of the areas of doubt around philip seymour hoffman's life. where the house voted to give mobile phone users the right to unlock their phones. it's not known where the senate will consider the bill. they often block smart phones to encourage customers to renew their contract. in december, major carriers like at&t and verizon, sprint, and t mobile made a voluntary pledge to make it easier. cutting the number of federal air marshalls. this according to an e-mail, an internal one, obtained by cnn. critics are raising alarms about the potential loss of security as well as the secrecy surrounding the cuts. >> we've heard in recent weeks about shoe bomb threats, and
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that's why critics are so alarmed to learn over the past three years, the number of plain-clothed officers on board flights has been cuts. according to an e-mail obtained by cnn, a budget crunch has led to a reduced federal air marshall workforce. we don't know how many are currently on the government payroll. that is kept secret, the government says for security reasons. when we asked how many air marshall positions have been eliminated, the department of homeland security would not comment. we can also tell you that over the next three years, six of the agency's field offices will be shut down and they will freeze hiring at offices in three additional cities. now the president of the federal law enforcement association which includes air marbles says closing -- air marshall will
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turn airplanes into miss ls. chris? >> take it. >> i will, chris. >> let's take a look at what's trending right now. we start with the bitcoin which they hoped would revolution niez the global monetary system appears it will collapse. it cost investors as much as $300 million. the massive sell-off followed. adding to concerns about the uncertainty and fragility of that bitcoin. apple fixing security flaws in mac that made them available to hackers. it could have exposed computer users' sensitive information to hackers. there's no evidence hackers discovered the flaws before apple exposed it. big changes could be coming
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to the nba. they are considering expanding the dimensions of the basketball court because of the size and athleticism of today's players. it's also looking at adding a four-point shot. both ideas have already been pressed for discussion at league meetings. and the vice president making another sort of strange comment. this time talking up his basketball skills at a black history month event in washington and even challenged the president to a game of hoops. >> and i told the president, next game, i have him. just remember, i may wake board, but i can jump. >> joe being joe. it kind of made me chuckle. >> i think it's funny. >> it made me chuckle. let's talk about the airlines.
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this is not funny. big changes coming to delta airlines frequent flyer program. they will pace it on the -- base it on the fare pay instead of the miles of travel. what does it mean for all of us? let's bring in christine romans. first off, why the change? >> they want more money. the two 2% of fliers are 20% of their revenue. >> really? >> oh yeah. they now want to reward those people that spend a lot of money, and that means maybe not reward you. let's say you're the average frequent flier. you spend five months ahead of time, you spend 650 bucks from new york to l.a. right now you get about 5,000 miles. in 2015 you get less.
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today, you get 20,000 miles for that ticket, but next year you get 45,000 miles. so it's not the distance you travel, but the dollars you spend. delta is hoping those big, big spending customers who are now flying united because it's more convenient will move over and fly delta instead. >> clearly, it's all about the money? >> it's all about the money. >> so less people meeting -- >> yeah. i fly kind of a lot. i might not be a silver medallion anymore when i look at it unless i do all my travel now on delta and i do higher fares. for the person who looks for cheap fares, you're not going to get the miles you're used to in this program. >> is this the beginning of a trend? >> i think it might be. and i think the other big guys are going to be watching delta to see if they're going to be
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able to lure some of those big paying customers. you know, we're filling the planes on the cheap budget travel, by that corporate travel person is the one who's spending the money and they want those dollars. >> win thing that made it still okay to travel because nothing about flying is fun anymore. >> the discounts have already gone to this models. if you want miles, they want the business traveler. >> full disclosure. for and more people falling into the category we're in, where is the business flies us around paying those top fees. at least you get the benefit hopefully of building up the miles you can then use with your family. >> this sounds like -- for that top tier road warrior this morning, they're going, hey, this is not bad. >> i spend all my time in a plane, at least i get something
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more out of it. that's kind of you to look that way. thank you so much. coming up on "new day," we have an exclusive. there are so many questions surrounding the death of actor philip seymour hoffman. we're going to hear from someone who says a lot of what we have heard is false. play wright david bar katz. the life and death of his friend and the fiasco that followed in the media sparked by bogus reporting in the national inquirer. and a new fersization freed that could eliminate genetic diseases in babies by using the dna of a third person. the dilemna of designer babies ahead. afghanistan, in 2009. orbiting the moon in 1971. [ male announcer ] once it's earned, usaa auto insurance
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we have a "new day" exclusive for you. it's been almost a month since we lost oscar winning actor philip seymour hoffman to an apparent overdose. david bar katz is the person that found hoffman. made even worse when the national inquirer and a lot of other media started playing to a story that hoffman and katz were lovers. he joins us now. david, thank you for taking the opportunity. obviously on many levels, a conversation you don't want to have. this was a private person, your friend. you're mourning the loss of him. it's hard for you and your family. what also brings you here is that so much of it is false which started with the inquirer.
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so thank you for being here. how is his family doing? >> everyone's just focusing on taking care of everyone. anyone that's suffered a loss knows what it's like, so no need to tell them about that. but i don't really know what to say about that. everyone's doing the best they can. >> it's never easy. especially when it's made public, it's even more difficult. and the story when how someone's life ends becomes business constru construed. >> it's unfortunate that in our -- what we all tend to do is, the last moment is given i think inorder nant importance and maybe too much when the court of phil's adult life
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composed of countless moments, he was sober for most of them and his entire adult life. and those are the moments that i think are most important to stress. >> one of the strong messages that came out, though, was the power of addiction. so what is the truth? we keep hearing that 20 years he was sober. but had there been struggles? was this the only struggle he had during those years? it's hard to believe that. >> i can't speak to his personal struggles during that time. i can say that his sober most of his adult life and that unfortunately was just one relapse this time. but he -- he maintained his sobriety and helped so many other people maintain theirs. and that's who he was. and that's -- and that's what he
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did and -- you know, that's really kind of all i want to say about that. >> when you think about the end of his life and what was going on, were people aor is this the -- aware or is this the typical story of this was hidden? we know he was estranged from his family. >> i don't know what other people knew. i know that he was -- you know, he was working and he was focused on his work and his family and the things that he always was focused on. so that's pretty much what i saw that was most apparent to me consistently. >> now when reports came out about what the police found in the apartment, you take exception to some of them. you say it may be exaggerated. it seemed like he had set up shop to use, that he was struggling with his sobriety
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obviously. you're not sure how much of that you want to trust? >> i can just say that i don't -- i think a lot has been totally overblown. it gives a false picture of him because he was focused. he was working. he was focused on his family. he was not a partier. he was not self destructive in any way. >> you don't like hearing that that this was a typical spiral out of control -- >> it's a cliche that makes it very easy and that people like, but phil was not that guy. >> he was greatly celebrated for the role in death of a salesman. people say he owned it in a way since hoffman, maybe even better. >> that kind of gets to one of the things that i want to talk
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about which is his art which is his truthfulness and the degree that -- what he threw into that role and how he understood that roel. and it did cost him because he was relentless in his pursuit of who he thought that character was. he talked about from the second willie was on that stage, he's heading towards his death and that we're not seeing a guy that's unraveling. we're seeing a guy that from the first walk across that stage, he's a dead man. phil embodied that and i think he threw himself into that. that has to take a toll. he was not a person that would fake it in any way or even just do a normal actors do. he lived it and found a different way to live it every night. >> has to be stressful. especially for someone who takes it so seriously.
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you have -- it's been reported that there were texts that he sent you the night that he wound up losing his life. and he was asking you to go to a game. typical buddy stuff. >> yeah. >> when you looked at those texts, you were out at dinner. you got back to him. what was the message coming from your friend? >> he just wanted to watch the second half of the nicks game. >> does that confuse you in terms of so routine? you're a buddy, come on over, let's watch the game. and at the same time struggling in a way that was so difficult to maintain control? >> it was very normal for us to text each other, let's go do this or do that. i just know that what he wanted to be doing that night was watching the nicks game. and -- and, you know, that was his intention. >> obviously creates a confusing
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picture, these situations always are. there's no reason to relive what you had to go through in finding your friend. that's painful enough the first time. what would happen half that would be equally as hurtful. i want to take a break now. when we come back, people to hear what you had to learn about what was being reported and your roel and what you decided to do about it. we'll have more with playwright david better katz. [ car alarm chirps ] ♪ [ male announcer ] we don't just certify our pre-owned vehicles. we inspect, analyze, and recondition each one, until it's nothing short of a genuine certified pre-owned mercedes-benz for the next new owner. [ car alarm chirps ] hurry in to the mercedes-benz certified pre-owned sales event. visit today for exceptional offers.
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we're back now with writer david better katz. a close friend of philip seymour hoffman. thank you for joining us again. your friends was intensely private. he didn't want to be discussed poubly. correcting the information now important that he's gone. and you especially to be dealing with so many levels of the unimaginable. losing a friend, being the one to discover him and have to relay that to his family. i know it had to be tremendously painful for you. then you learn in a way it was about to get worse when the stories started to come out about your relationship with him as more than friends and the understanding of drug use you were having with him. what was your reaction? >> my initial reaction was ludicrous when my son first saw
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something that said phil and i were lovers. >> you heard from it about your son? >> yeah. he had been online. when it blew up, this is now becoming this story and i was being chased by photographers and it became a thing where i unfortunately had to deal with in the midst of dealing with more important things. that's when luckily i was friends with someone that's the kind of person that handles this sort of thing. and -- and the lawsuit forced the inquirer to admit that they totally screwed up. >> the media is often a pack animal. were you surprised when something from the national inquirer started to become respected as if it were ap copy, the truth and it spread like wildfire? >> i was stunned. i always knew that they made stuff up, but i never knew they made up having an interview with
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someone that they never had and the degree of how everyone picks it up, and as you said, treats it like news. i was stunned by that. >> they say the interview was untrue. >> right. >> you never did an interview with them. you start the lawsuit. how aggressively do they push back? >> it seems like they realized really quickly that they messed up. >> they found another david katz. >> think they called every david katz in the area. >> and they decided they were going to be you and tell lies? >> yeah. i do believe they were mislead. >> did they check and make calls? >> it would have been so easy to reach anyone and ask anyone around me. they did zero follow up of that. >> and you believe they didn't
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because they heard what they wanted? >> i believe it's lousy journalism. i don't know how they can report to be journalists and functions like that. >> so they realize you've got them. it's tough to fight back with this. they're going to throw money at you. what do you tell them you want? >> through this process, we were discussing it on the break, i'm constantly dealing with what would phil want, how -- you know, phil's voice in my head. highw how can i do something out of this he would like? he loved plays, so creating a foundation that has dedicated to his spirit and an award that allows plays to be written that wouldn't otherwise be written because it gives play sds writes that are generally a disenfranchised group some money
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so they can focus on writing. >> so the inquirer agrees. there's going to fund this foundation. other details are coming. they had to admit they got it wrong. this is the "new york times." this is a full-page ad. even though it's clever with the small text and stuff. it's an apology to david bar katz. what does this mean to you? >> well -- >> you can have this? >> thanks. all it really means is i'm happy that this changes the way they do business so other people don't have to go through this. i'm happy that some playwrites are going to get something out of this. in ten years from now when plays that wouldn't have been written maybe are i can talk in those
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terms because i'm pretty miserable about every aspect of it. the other thing i want to say in terms of what is the theater community and our group lost someone last night who was a good friend of phil's and mine and a theater company member. and this is something we're going to announce in a couple months. in addition to the prize, we're going to do a reading series of the selected play of top regionals and in new york doing readings of the play that wins. the award itself is the relentless award because of phil's relentless search for truth and it will be the relentless reading series of these plays that are selected for our friend. that's new information. >> i know it's hard. i know so much of it while you
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feel you're doing the right thing is unsatisfying. but you got the inquirer to correct what is wrong. i know it's not going to be picked up in the media the way it was. do you feel somewhere that your friend philip seymour hoffman would say, hey, i don't like the publicity, but they're at least doing something i think is important? >> i think he would feel that way. he would more think about the fact that i spilled ink on my pants on national television. >> i know it was important for you to let people know the real story and we're happy to help you get that message out as well. the best to you. >> thanks. >> appreciate you being here. all right. it's 38 minutes of the hour. starting with some frigid cold and more snow for millions of americans. the eastern two-thirds of the
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nation facing temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below normal. snow is also in the forecast today from the appalachians all the way to new england. parts of the midwest and northern plains experiencing windchills as low as 30 below. that arctic blast is expected to stick around all week. >> the u.s. is responding to the expulsion of three american diplomats from caracas by expelling u.s. partnership mats. a story to tell you about one of our own. miles o'brien has lost part of his left arm following a freak accident. the award-winning journalist revealed details in an online blog posting. he was packing up tv gear when a heavy case fell on his forearm
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causing it to swell up immediately. by the time he got to the doctor he was told he was suffering from acute compartment syndrome. doctors realized the damages was so severe they had no choice but to amputate at the elbow. our best wishes and thoughts with miles today. nearly 150,000 indiana students and graduates are being told their personal information may have been exposed. the university says the data including social security numbers was improperly stored and picked up by web crawling software. calls are growing for a texas high school to reverse a harsh punishment for a student who turned in an unopen can of beer. he says he packed the beer instead of a soda when he was in a rush to get to school. when he realized, he gave the
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beer to his teacher who told the principal and he got suspended and sent to an alternative school for months. he gets punished for doing the right thing and sent to an alternative school. >> sometimes that zero tolerance policy goes awry. coming up next on "new day," the government may approve a new technique that could make it possible to change the genetics of your baby to prevent diseases. but is that a slippery slope? does it make it right? we're going to debate it coming up. also, he's got his finger on the pulse of music. why is justin timberlake encouraging his fans to flip the bird. ♪
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welcome back. genetically modifying children. a controversy that could soon become a reality. there's more to it than you might think. the fda is considering a new technique that uses the dna of three parents to try to eliminate genetically inherited diseases in newborns. it replaces defective cells with a donor before fertilization. but there's a host of epic concerns. let's bring in the director of medical ethics. great to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> the question is, it's one thing to be able to do something medically. >> right. >> we have the advancements, but should we do it.
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those are two separate questions. do you think this is right? >> i do. and here's why. for this technique, basically you've got an embryo and its battery is broken. you remember the high school textbook. it needs power. these are people born with a disease, they can't make power. you're giving them a new battery. that's a therapy. i think that's a humane ethical thing to do. it's risky. but it's treating a disease. where we get into the sticky part, what if you start to say, why don't we make you taller, stronger, faster or smarter. >> those are real questions. let's talk about both of those things. the first question, is it safe, that is what they're looking to address in human trials. but the thing that many folks
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who are very critical of this say, you don't know what this means for generations to come. you're changing the cells of a baby -- >> right. >> and that would transfer to generations to come. we don't know the effect of that. >> and just to be clear, what doctors and scientists have always said is we're not going to do what you just said. we're not going to change genes that go on and onto future generations. we'll fix them in your body. this crosses that line. >> right. >> that's why people are like, is this the right thing to do. i think it's the purpose. repair a disease that gets inherited and goes on for generations, i think that's ethical. as long as it proves to be safe, i think it's ethical. where we get tricky, what else are we doing to make it more perfect. >> let's talk about that.
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everyone wants a perfect baby. >> if you look at them, they're sending their kids to the right preschool, the right tennis lessons. >> while it sounds, i think, creepy. it seems a very valid ethical concern here. you go from correcting a de feekt to make a baby healthier to i'm now going to pick the eye color. >> we are creeping down that road already. we can argue the ethics, but we already do it. there are fertile people starting to go to clinics saying test my embryo. i don't want one with a risk of breast cancer. soon that's going to come to i want one who is stronger, faster, taller. fertile people sorting out
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embryos. so i'll make a prediction. we argue around the world about abortion. the big issue is going to become how far do we go in pursuit of the perfect baby. do i think we're going down that road? yes. does it creep me out? yes. are you going to be able to draw a clear line? i don't think so. >> can you stop it, though? >> i don't think so. we're going to see case by case. >> is there a safer way to correct this battery, as you're describing it? can't you use the egg of another woman to put into yourself? >> it's got the rest of your genes. what these parents are pursuing is that genetic bond. you're just substituting out the battery, so they feel that continuity. they don't want to take the chance of using a donor. they like the idea of being
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related genetically to the child they're going to have. >> one critical called it eggs as lego pieces approach. simply being able to do something doesn't mean we should do it. >> however, you know, i i think we're going to see it happen. as i said i'm not the world's biggest fan of going down, let's call it what it is, eugenics, making super babies, better babies. any time do you that you make the disability and lesser person feel lesser. as you pointed out we're trying so hard to make our children better, healthier, stronger, educate them as well as we can, i can't imagine withdrawing. if we don't see it in this culture you know darn well it will happen in other cultures of the world that don't that have
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ethical reservations about playing god. >> always good to see you. always a discussion starter whenever you're here. let us know what you think about this. i'm very interested in your thoughts. tweet us at the #newday. >> coming up on the show, j. t. flips out, a heckler gets justin timberlake's attention. what he does next you got to see. but i'm not quite sure why. coming up. . .
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justin timberlake heckled at a concert in philly. he turns the tables. takes the heckler at hand. jeanne moos has it. >> reporter: justin timberlake has given us a heck of a lesson in,000 hand all heckler, in this case a female with an upraised finger. >> you sitting in the second row and flipping me the bird? that makes no [ bleep ] sense. >> reporter: this concert in philadelphia took place back in november, it's only now gone viral. the heckler said she wanted timberlake to see her. >> you're in the second row. >> reporter: timberlake imitated her getting ready for the concert, planning her finger wagging attention getting strategy. >> you know what. >> reporter: the fan who shot this video won the concert tickets and a trip to philly in a contest. >> he's so charming. >> reporter: stephanie lowe was impressed with how he handled
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the heckler. >> i've seen a lot of comedians get heckled and usually they kind of throw it back at the person, kind of insult them. >> reporter: daniel tosh is known for dishing it out to hecklers. >> we'll edit you out like your parents wished they do. >> reporter: how about jamie kennedy when he was interrupted and used the word waitress. >> they are called servers. >> i would like you to serve your mouth shut. >> reporter: justin timberlake wasn't serving up put downs. designee made it really positive. he laughed at it. he got the whole crowd laughing. >> reporter: he turned the finger into a kum bye aye moment. okay. if that's the perfect way to handle a heckler what's the imperfect way? ask kanye west. when fans asked kanye to take off the mask he was wearing,
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kanye took it personally. >> your trying to tell me how to give you my heart. >> reporter: he had security remove the fan. >> do i look like a [ bleep ] comedian. [ bleep ]. >> reporter: well we would have mistaken him for justin timberlake. he's put his finger on how to hand all heckler. >> that's the weirdest moment i've ever had with a crowd. thank you. >> reporter: thumbs up for the middle finger. cnn. >> he deserves a thumbs up for his middle finger. >> i like that girl. i love j. t.. >> absolutely. he handled it well, you have to. >> but it is funny how culture works because the story is all about how he handles it the right way but the sell is he gets the crowd to do the bird. the negativity -- >> what she wanted the woman in the second row flipping the bird what she wanted she got. >> she wanted attention. >> she wanted attention.
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>> how would you describe this winter? >> horrific. trees, thaw, repeat. another arctic plunge freezing out two-thirds of the country, many set to be stuck below zero for the rest of the week and the price of staying warm is getting people hot. we'll tell you how high heating bills may go. cloak and dagger banking the stunning details of a senate investigation into a major bank. how clients kept their cash secret money hidden in pantyhose, transported in secret elevators. the details you have to hear to believe. living a mystery. new details on that polio-like illness that's paralyzing children in california. one of the families is joining us live. new clues to what's causing that disease. >> your "new day" continues right now.
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. good morninger and welcome once gone "new day". it's wednesday, february 26th, 8:00 in the east. this morning, millions of americans are waking up saying brr and facing a very cold reality. right now subzero temperatures are numbing the midwest and the plains. temperatures are plummeting once again 20 to 30 degrees below normal in the eastern two-thirds of the nation and millions are going to see more snow today. we'll get to indra petersons's and severe weather forecast in just a moment but first let's get back to ted rollins freezing it out in bitter cold, chicago. good morning, ted. >> reporter: good morning, kate. it is freezing. we're about 15 degrees below zero with the wind chill it's much worse in other areas of the midwest. bottom line, most people, you can imagine have had enough of this miserable winter.
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the latest arctic blast is a harsh reminder that the winter that just won't quit isn't over. >> horrific. disgustingly too long, too cold. >> reporter: cities across the country are nearing record levels for snow and the low temperatures. rochester, minnesota is on track to break its record of 52 days below zero. chicago, which many people are calling chiberia has 23 days below zero. in the south there's a and atlanta are experiencing top ten coldest winter storm on record, it's the same for snowfall in philadelphia and new york city. there's so much ice on the great lakes there's concern the shipping season may be delayed. in illinois, the kankakee river has massive achunks stacking up dangerously high closing bridges and creating the potential for
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severe flooding. >> we don't want it all to break at once because that won't be good. >> reporter: local governments are spending millions on snow removal and on patching potholes. millions of us are expected to be hit with massive heating bills, heating oil, natural gas and propane are all in demand. conedison said people should expect a 16% increase on the february heating bill from the same time last year while customers in michigan will see a 13% increase and in illinois it could be as high as 30%. which is absolute insult to injury. chris, the worst part about this, it's not going to warm up any time soon. the rest of the week most states in the midwest are going to be at least overnight below zero. >> all right, ted, thanks for being out there for us. obviously be on gough watch to make sure nobody is taking advantage of the situation unfairly. let's get over to meteorologist indra petersons. please be generous, how long
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will this last? >> unfortunately at least a week. i want to show you something. this is a new experimental misery index. let's talk about how bad this winter has been. detroit, according to this misery index worst on record. chicago fifth worst. top five indianapolis, philadelphia and new york. unfortunately it looks like those numbers will move up a little bit on the roster. why? you know it's cold out there. look at these temperatures with the wind chill indianapolis right now feels like 12 below. duluth, 33 below as you make your way outside. new york city feeling like 17. definitely a difficult day when the afternoon highs are 20, 30 below average. >> thanks so much. major developments to talk about regarding afghanistan. defense secretary chuck hagel has now arrived in brussels for a nato meeting where the future of afghanistan is expected to be topic number one. now that president obama has
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told karzai all u.s. troops will be pulled out by 2014 if karzai doesn't sign a security agreement. barbara starr is at the pentagon with the very latest. we've been following the back and forth of this bsa as we've been talking about, barbara, so what is the latest? >> reporter: president obama coming out really in front of the world yesterday saying the u.s. will, indeed, pack up and go, take all of its troops out of afghanistan by the end of the year if karzai does not sign this bilateral security agreement. this is essential. legally essential for u.s. troops to be able to stay. the u.s. plan had been to keep about 10,000 troops in afghanistan. there's about 33,000 right now. have that smaller force be able to train, advise afghan forces, help them with counterterrorism operations against al qaeda and the taliban. but obama making it clear he's very much prepared to order the pentagon to pack up and leave afghanistan and that may become
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a security problem in the region if that hand is forced. leaving afghanistan will make it very difficult to keep an eye on al qaeda and the taliban in the region and even keep an eye on them across the border in pakistan, pakistani officials already sounding the alarm that they worry civil war in afghanistan could break out. >> barbara, how does the upcoming presidential election in afghanistan play out in this? >> reporter: that's one of the big additional ifs in all of this. one of the open questions. the election in afghanistan for a new president just a few weeks away. if that new president, whoever that may be is willing to sign the agreement, the u.s. says okay they will rethink all of this and see what they can do about keeping that smaller force, staying in afghanistan. but afghan politics, even more complicated than u.s. politics, it is widely expected there may
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be one or even more runoffs after the presidential election. it could be some time before a new president in afghanistan is even installed in office. kate, chris? >> barbara, thank you. all right, kate. let's go to arizona now where the controversial right to refuse service bill is on governor jan brewer's desk. she tweeted overnight she will do the right thing for arizona. supporters of the bill say it's about protecting religious freedom. critics argue it discriminates against gays, lesbians and others. >> reporter: good morning, chris. we're at the state capitol quiet here this morning but this courtyard behind me is expected to fill with protesters as this day goes on. no word just yet on when the governor plans to make a decision, but we have talked to a number of state lawmakers who say they have meetings scheduled with the governor today.
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also expected to meet with business groups, many of which are urging her to veto this bill. the voices are growing louder against a bill that would allow businesses in arizona to refuse service to gays based on religious beliefs. the bill's fate now in the hands of governor jan bruer. >> i don't rely a whole lot on my gut because i have to look at what it says and what the law says and take that information and do the right italy. >> reporter: brewer is staying out of the spotlight since her interview with cnn on monday. but other politicians are weighing in. mitt romney tweeted vetoing the bill is right. big businesses including apple, american airlines, at&t and intel vocally opposing the bill. and next year's super bowl also on the line. do you think that the governor is getting the message?
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>> she hasn't said a whole lot. >> reporter: conservative lawmakers who passed the bill we main largely quiet but one representative defended his vote by offering an example of what the bill is designed to prevent. >> what this scenario you have a gay person who owns a printing shop, okay. somebody from the west borough baptist church comes in and demand they print a sign that printer doesn't agree with. should that religious group demand that print shop print that thing? >> reporter: conservative radio host rush limbaugh igniting the rhetoric saying brewer is being attacked. >> the governor of arizona is being bullied. >> reporter: protesters vowing to continue the fight. >> we want the super bowl, we want apple, and we're really asking our governor please do the right thing and veto this
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bill. >> reporter: right now no one knows for sure what the governor is going to do but we do know she vetoed similar legislation last year. we also know she prize herself on being pro business and there's a lot of concern about what this bill could do for business here in the state of arizona from its potential impact in attracting new businesses or new talent to the state, to its impact on tourism industry. yet this governor also hasn't shied away from signing controversial legislation in the past either. the state lawmakers we've talked to say it will be a while before the governor makes her decision. chris, kate? >> we know some big businesses are definitely speaking up at this point. thank you very much. u.s. appears to be gaining ground in the fight against childhood obesity. some good news with new data suggesting obesity is down 43% in children between ages of 2 and 5 in the last decade. ate promising sign as doctors look to prevent bad trends right
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at the time children develop eating habits that can last a lifetime. joe johns is taking a look that. >> reporter: the good news this is the first time researchers have seen a significant drop in obesity in one of the age groups in the general population, however still has a long way to go. this morning a big step forward in the battle against childhood obesity. a new study using federal data says obesity in children between the ages of 2 and 5 has dramatically decreased. over 40% in a decade. exact reasons are unclear experts say it's a promising sign. >> there's increased attention to improving childhood nutrition. child care rates are doing more physical activity. >> reporter: this report comes out as the first lady's let's move program to improve children's eating habits marks it's fourth anniversary. >> some people warned me taking on childhood obesity might be
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controversial. they thought kids and parents should deal with these issues privately. others laughed it off as not a real issue at all. well, four years later that all seems like ancient history. >> reporter: now there's a new push the administration is proposing rules to stop marketing products in schools that the government says are not good for kids. companies would no longer be allowed to use logos of high calorie products such as regular soda on cups, vending machines or posters. >> as part of this effort will be eliminating advertisements for unhealthy food and beverages in our schools. because i think we can all agree that our classrooms should be healthy place where kids are not bombarded with ads for junk food. >> reporter: which could mean a dheeng the iconic soft drink sponsored school sports scoreboard. that will fuel the complaint of some let's move critics government needs back o when
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it comes to what we need eat and drink. >> it's no longer what mother knows best or father knows best it's what government knows best. >> reporter: in answer to that nanny state, they say they distinguish between adults and children. they say government has an obligation to try to assure that the foods and drinks served in schools are healthy. >> joe johns, thanks. let's take a look at more of your headlines. four options are now being weighed by the white house for revamping the nsa's phone surveillance program. according to the "wall street journal," three of those options involve running all the data through outside entities including phone companies or other government agencies like fbi. fourth choice to abolish the program completely. senate democrats pushing back on a vote on raising the minimum wage. harry reid is blaming republican obstruction for jamming the senate calendar. he expects the vote to happen in late march or sometime in april.
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the bill raises minimum wage to $10.10 and links future hikes to the inflation rate. democrats likely didn't have the 60 votes they needed to avoed procedural hurdles anyway weigh. president obama is in minnesota today. he'll be at the st. paul union depot talking about job creation and launching a competition encouraging investments to restore crumbling roads and bridges. vice president biden was in minnesota last week to meet with people who signed up for obamacare on the state exchange. now to india where officials are hunt forge a wild leopard. it's been prowling around the city in new delhi. broke through a window get free. managed to escape a hospital where it was cornered and later seen in a movie theater and apartment complex. efforts to corral the animal are slow because people are crowding around it. several people were hurt when
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the animal got spooked. we know beards are very popular today. what do you do if you can't grow one? you get a beard transplant. a prominent new york plastic surgeon said he's performing them about three times a week taking hair off of other other parts of the body. that made our producers wonder what we would look like with beards. >> wow. >> what i don't like is you both look better than do i. >> you look good with a beard. >> that's a terrible beard. >> kate, that looks like wolf's beard. >> why am i so happy about it? >> why are we smiling? >> i can't tell where my hair end. >> we're going to the circus. >> where are they getting the follicles from. >> can we gloss over that part?
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new might not have a lot of body hair. >> you don't know. >> i can't grow a beard. >> we like your boyish good looks. coming up next we've been telling you about the polio-like disease that's paralyzing some children on the west coast. we'll talk to family of one little girl who has been struggling with it and they are trying to help other parents. that's why they are speaking out. they want to tell parents what they need to look out for. we got some operation to tell you about make the cia or mission impossible proud. secret elevators, taping known bodies. it's real. did credit suisse help clients hide billions? wall isn't a str. ...return on investment isn't the only return i'm looking forward to... for some, every dollar is earned with sweat, sacrifice, courage. which is why usaa is honored to help our members
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that's the right music. this is bondsesque a scatting congressional report accuses credit suisse hiding money from the irs. secret meetings in hotel lobbies. fact or fiction. if it's true what can congress do about it? christine romans is here to explain. >> everything that rich people in novels love. the top brass at the bank will acknowledge this. they will say it's a few bad bankers. senators are furious that this went on for so long and that the u.s. government did not do more to stop it. no question today we're getting a very good look at the life styles of the rich and greedy. the numbers are shocking. according to the senate investigation up to the $12
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billion was being held by credit suisse and about 95% of all that cash not reported to the irs. >> only 1% of credit suisse's u.s. customers with swiss accounts had been provided to the united states authorities. >> reporter: but perhaps more shocking, how the bank and its clients are accused of pulling it off. remember this scene from ""the wolf of wall street"? >> we don't work for you. >> reporter: these clients are accused of strapping their cash in even more inventive places, trying to get their money out of the u.s. and into the swiss bank. senator john mccain slammed the cloak and dagger practice saying -- >> some of the tactics that bankers used to help their u.s. clients evade paying taxes belong in a spy novel. >> reporter: among the alleged hiding techniques a quarter million dollars stashed in pantyhose. the senate reports a meeting in a bank hotel where bank
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statements were exchanged hidden in a "sports illustrated" magazine. investors pretended to be tourists but instead were smuggling in the cash. here at the zurich airport, the bank even set up a branch inside so that its customers could pop in and out easily. and like something out of james bond, clients were transported in secret elevators, remotely controlled by the bank. >> it's pastime to fully and clearly expose how offshore t havens, banks help americans avoid paying taxes. >> reporter: they are asking the bank to hand over the names of those americans hiding their cash with them. >> the department of justice needs to use the tools in its arsenal to collect the taxes owed and to hold to account taxpayers. >> reporter: credit suisse is in the spotlight today but there
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are other banks, 14 of them. credit suisse says we acknowledge secrecy laws have been vulnerable to abuse and used by american taxpayers. but we built a business culture where hiding assets of u.s. clients are unacceptable. there's a 175-scatting report. uncle sam manages to chase down american taxpayers but the super rich can get away with it. >> what can congress do about it? >> they will be very difficult on the justice department. senators really mad at the justice department that there's one standard for americans and regular americans and another stand for rich people. >> thanks so much. take another break. coming up next on "new day" a medical mystery in california. nearly two dozen children paralyzed by an illness that
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all right. time now for the five things you need to know for your "new day". number one temperatures are plummeting in the east. two-thirds of the nation, 20 to 30 degrees below normal. snow is expected in the east today. already falling at the white house. look at that. new data shows big progress in the last decade in the fight against childhood obesity. it's down 43% in children between ages 2 and 5 when eating habits can be established. the pressure is on. arizona governor jan brewer could decide as early as today to sign or veto the right refuse service bill which critics consider anti-gay. she's meeting with people on both sides of the issue today. president obama is sending a message to afghanistan's leader that all u.s. troops will leave that country if hamid karzai doesn't sign a deal. at number five check out the
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mini pope. pope francis greeting his tiny doppleganger. the little one was dressed up for italy's carnival. the pope was crying. always updating the five things you need to know. kate who is your friend over there? >> some adorable. i'll introduce you to them in just one second. we want to talk more about a story we have been following very closely here on "new day". doctors in california say they have now been flooded with calls from parents and also fellow doctors about a polio-like sickness that's affected some 20 children, including children like sophia, jarvis. her left arm is paralyzed which at first appeared asthma. sophia and her parents are here now. thank you for coming in. sophia did you see your picture? yeah.
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how are you doing? i know, it's a little stunning to be on tv i can totally understand. jessica, you thought it very important, it's been a whirlwind four but you thought it was important to come out so other people can hear your story and learn from what you've learned over the past year and a half. take me back. talk to me about the symptoms. they thought it was asthma. what was sophia suffering from first? what did you know? >> at furs she was wheezing which she had, i never heard in that her before. i contacted her doctor, they said bring her in. we brought her in and diagnosed her, sounded like asthma and we went home with asthma medication. on the way home she started vomiting. we kept her at home, kept a close eye on her. was in contact with her pediatrician. we thought it was a normal stomach virus that would run her
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course. in the morning i took her to the er because it didn't seem like she was getting better -- >> they change very quickly. >> she was in icu for 24 hours because her breathing rate didn't go down after the medication was administered. so we ended up spending four days in the hospital for asthma. >> and then when did you realize that something, it was far more serious than asthma or something that you couldn't explain? you saw her arm go limp. >> right. the following day we had a follow up appointment with the pediatrician and we were leaving that appointment and reaching for a toy in the toy box and i remember mid-grasp she couldn't actually grasp the toy. >> what are you thinking at that moment? >> i saw it happen and i was thinking well that's very strange perhaps it's from the -- that's where her iv was and perhaps -- i'm not sure.
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so i asked the front desk to call the pediatrician out so i could ask her what do you think is possibly going on, why is she not able to grasp any more. >> still, there's such a mystery around why this is -- what has happened to sophia and has happened to all of these other children. i assume the mystery of it all must be some of the hardest part about living through this, jeffrey. >> yeah. absolutely. when it all started we didn't know what was going on. there was several days in the hospital where we didn't know if this would be a condition that would continue or if it was an acute situation and it was tough on us. but we have a strong family and we've been able to just kind of be together and we're so proud of sophia and how she's been able to keep a great attitude
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and really continue to make progress and be an incredible little girl. just a normal wonderful little girl. >> talk to me about that progress. it's been a lot of hard work. a lot of physical therapy. even nerve transfer at one point trying he had her with mobility in her arm. we're now hearing stories just overnight of a 10-year-old boy in california who did regain the use of his arms. does that bring you hope? do you still maintain hope that this can get better? >> you know, the prognosis was poor when it first happened. when it first happened we wanted answers and we were wondering like why isn't this more important to what's going on, why aren't we getting any answers, this is so rare they don't know what happened, aren't you scared about what happened. so, you know, as time went on
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we've created a community, found a community where we could get some questions answered through, it was a through her original diagnosis. they did give us hope. like you do not, you know, the doctors will tell you, if it doesn't -- if you don't gain recovery in six months then you shouldn't expect any recovery. but that's not true. it may not be a lot of recovery but she's continually gaining -- her thumb is moving again. there is hope. >> any little thing is a huge step for her at this point. >> right. >> she was an active perfect healthy 4-year-old. she's still perfect. we'll definitely tell you that. you wanted to speak out because you want to make sure other parents listen and pay attention and are aware and that they also speak up. what do you want parties to look out for. i don't assume there is but when you look back could you have
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done anything differently? >> i mean that's a question that we will always be asking ourselves, i believe. but i think we've, you know, we took her to stanford one of the best institutes in medicine. we took her to johns hopkins. i feel like we've done the best we can do. i would like to reach out to other families that this is occurring, we can collaborate possibly, support from the families that are going through this so that if this happens to other families they have more resources when it first happens. because that was the scariest part for us. >> up felt in the dark. >> and reaching out to the medical community and they didn't have answers. so being able to have more research into what's going on -- there's a lot going on, it's neurology, spinal cord injury, a virus or autoimmune.
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there's so many intersection of different parts of medicine that if we can get the word out that possibly there could be collaboration with the medical community that's also a goal. >> and to just be aware and your own child's best advocate. >> exactly. >> up knew better than anyone that something was wrong. >> that's something for parents. you have to be an advocate. >> did i read that you now don't a neurologist when you grow up? did i read that? no. >> she was talking about being -- when we went through the surgery she kept saying i want to be the neurosurgeon. >> even better. we'll be right here with you. >> i don't know any more. probably changed. >> probably changes every day mother. want tubes fireman tomorrow. great to see you. thank you for coming. thank you for speaking out. great to meet you. nap time. she had a bagel. great to meet you.
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thank you so much. chris? >> she's a beauty and weathered that interview well. not easy for a kid that age. coming up on "new day" major victory for hollywood stars. "people" magazine said it will no longer publish unauthorized photos of their kids. will it change the paparazzi culture? >> we'll discuss it. look who is here. yes the man that made history in sochi in the giant slalom, becoming the only alpine skier to win gold twice not just ted ligety. i can't control my excitement. ♪ he's the champion of the world ♪ three times zoom, and a twenty-megapixel sensor. it's got the brightest display, so i can see what i'm shooting -- even outdoors, and 4 mics that capture incredible sound. plus, it has apps like vine -- and free cloud storage.
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♪ such a hot topic we're already talking about it. celebrity parents are rejoicing this morning but will you be happy. here's the story. "people" magazine has joined entertainment tonight in announcing it will no longer show unauthorized photos of famous children. will this change the paparazzi culture, will it change our purchasing culture? the editor of "wall street journal" entertainment blog the speak easy. speak easily. what do you think about this change? >> they need move in part because they had to start policing themselves. there was a law passed in california last year that limited paparazzi from taking pictures of kids, halle berry, other celebrities were pushing that. so they started policing themselves. they want to differentiate themselves from the other kind of celebrity pictures out there.
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"people" is facing declines. they are face layoffs at tim times.inc. >> do people want the pictures? >> people do want the pictures. they will find the pictures somehow. to read the note from the editorial director there's some loopholes. they will run pictures if celebrity parents want to give them the pictures or sell them or run them if they are at a public event where you expect they want the pictures taken if they are on the red carpet. they will run it if it's news worthy. huge loophole. it seems appropriate because at least there's parental involvement. it's kind of a two part. the pictures themselves it's the purr just pictures that parents are having an issue with. they are going to these lengths and kids being frightened and scared and sometimes put in
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danger. >> we recent talked to kristen bell and she's one of the celebrity parents along with her husband who has been leading this huge push against paparazzi trying to take pictures of them and their kids. they have some traction on twitter with the #nokidspolicy. this helped frighten magazines and other online purveyors to say we don't want to find ourselves trending in the wrong way. we'll cut the ties to these things now. we don't really need them. "people" magazine is seen as a quality entertainment product. they don't want to be associated with some of these other paparazzis out there. one of the hash tag is pedarazzi. >> what direction do you think consumer demand is going? that's a different thing than saying it's right or wrong that pictures are being taken of celebrity's children.
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do you think consumer demand is moving in the direction in agreeing with this move or they still want to see these pictures. you say people still want them. >> we have to wait and see. obviously right now, the quality magazines are facing these steep declines. online is where people are going to get this celebrity content. will they keep seeking it out elsewhere we'll have to wait and see. for the most part people want to see the adult celebrities. they don't want to see little kids being stalked by cameras. >> celebrities should make a move to stop selling pictures of celebrity kids. >> that's trending. come up with a hash tag for that. >> #youdon'tneedthemoney. >> thank you so much. time now for this week's human factor. allison is an award-winning violinist who overcame a life threatening illness and now giving back. take a look. ♪
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>> allison began playing the violin when she was just 7 years old. at 16 the high school junior and student at the cleveland institute of music started to feel exhausted. then she had difficulty breathing. >> i couldn't perform every day tasks. i couldn't remember how to dial the phone. >> she was misdiagnosed with bronchitis then pneumonia and a few months later she was rushed to the hospital coughing up blood from a lung hemorrhage. she spent 2 1/2 weeks in an indues cod ma. when she left the hospital doctors still didn't know what was wrong with her. >> they sent notice the cleveland clinic where i was diagnosed with wagner's -- >> which causes inflammation of the blood vessels. throughout several relapse, allison never gave up on her music. she started violin for vas crunch litis.
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she wants to raise awareness and money for this disease. last october came an invitation to join the akron symphony. >> it feels neat i overcame all this and can still play. >> dr. sanjay gupta reporting. >> thank you so much. coming up on "new day" elite up the slopes in sochi. now he's lighting up or morning skiing right into your hearts on "new day". ted ligety, olympic gold medalist, a champ, here with us next live.
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just 2:45:29 for ted ligety to win the giant slalom and he won two olympic gold medals. have i mentioned he's 29. ted ligety, i've seen him in so many commercials sean here he is on our couch. welcome. we're so very proud of you. how are you feeling? >> ooh little bit tired. i flew back and flying back for more racing tomorrow. i have six races left. >> when is the down time? >> the end of my season send of march and then i basically have the summer off. we start skiing again in august. >> where are you in terms of what you want to -- your legacy to be in this sport. you're only 29 years old. you've had so much success. how does this set your goals going forward? >> i still plan on racing for a while longer. at least to the next olympics. there's a lot what i want to
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achieve on the circuit. i want to win the overall championship. there's still things i want to do. >> let's talk about sochi specifically. that's use have that gold medal sitting in your lap. we noticed that. >> you can leave it. >> a lots of made about the conditions. we talked about it here on the stateside. what was going on for you as a competitor with your team, how you were feeling about it, how did you overcome some of the challenges? >> the conditions were actually okay. it was more like summer skiing than traditional winter skiing but it was morale the same for everybody. it wasn't that big of an issue. >> it worked out okay for you. >> that's how it goes. ski race cigarette an outdoor sport. >> take us back to the moment. i really love this. take us back to the moment when you realized you may have pulled it off. >> the moment i knew i pulled it off when i crossed the finish line in the second run. you never know in ski racing you
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won until you cross the finish line. to see number one next to my name was huge really, especially i was one of the big favorites in that race and there's a ton of pressure. so to know i was able to ski the way i wanted to ski under that pressure of great. >> did you do anything special? what was your process? how did you dale with your pressure? we can't overstate how intense that is. >> i just try to focus on my skiing. i have a lot of confidence in my ability and skiing. i just worry about what i can worry about in my skiing and hopefully it ends up equally a fast time. zmit. something else that's close to your heart is usaa, the desire to get more athletes able to get to the olympics. >> yes. ski racing is an individual sport but we train and compete together as a team. we're traveling on the road for six or seven months on the road together. it's a good team atmosphere, u.s. ski team is one of the loin teams out there that's not government funded. so we take -- we have sponsors and stuff but we also have a big
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part are of our support comes from the general public. >> when you can cut turns like that, we were talking about it in the break, what is an easy day skiing with your friends like? are you still out there? >> in the springtime i try to go out powder skiing and rip out with my friends at home. >> does anyone want to ski with you? >> warren miller. >> how do you keep up? >> i don't try to go that fast when i ski with my friend. lot of them are good skiers themselves. it's not a big deal. i go squiggly warren miller every spring. >> what kate was talking about his thighs. how rock solid your thighs are. i mean it was a little embarrassing. >> not out of context. if you ever skid you know when you get done with a run you are dog tired. do you even get sore after runs because you're in great shape and carve like you can carve.
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>> i don't get tired. i get sore at the bottom of a run. they don't get sore. >> no time for you to be tired now. off to europe. >> up felt it before but each time has got mean much if not more. thanks for bringing it home for the u.s.. >> what a delight. thank you so much. who wants to be me now. >> we'll discuss that further. coming up next the latest from arizona where governor jan brewer is considering whether to sign or veto a controversial bill that many say is discriminatory. [ female announcer ] you get sick, you can't breathe through your nose... suddenly you're a mouthbreather. well, put on a breathe right strip and instantly open your nose up to 38% more than cold medicines alone.
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a lot more news time now nor "newsroom" with carol costello. carol? >> the hand, carol, that touched ligety's leg. >> i envy that hand. i don't know what i'm thinking. have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom" brewer's battle. gay rights and religious freedom on the national stage. >> do you think that the governor is getting the message? >> big business and conservative leaders pleading the governor make this go away but it's not everyone. >> the governor of arizona success bullied. she's being bull chipped by the homosexual lobby in arizona and elsewhere. >> and the fight. and t

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